1080p Projectors for the Ultimate Home Theater

1080p projectors are the ideal solution for top of the line home theater performance. When making your choice, consider throw distance and lens shift features (if needed) to make sure the model you want can be installed comfortably into your intended viewing room. All models are sufficiently bright for dark room viewing on screens up to 110" diagonal. However, some are brighter and can accommodate ambient light or larger screen sizes.

BenQ HT4050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT4050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $1,399, it i... more»
BenQ HT3050 DLP Highly Rated
The BenQ HT3050 is one of three new full HD 1080p resolution home theater projectors being released by BenQ this fall. Priced at $999, ... more»
Optoma HD28DSE DLP Highly Rated
The Optoma HD28DSE is the company's newest portable 1080p home theater projector. ("DSE" stands for "Darbee Special Edition," in refere... more»
Vivitek H1186-WT DLP
The new Vivitek H1186-WT takes 1080p resolution below $700, and that by itself will attract attention. This 7.5 lb portable home entert... more»
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040 3 LCD Highly Rated
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is the latest in their line of home video and entertainment projectors. This affordable 1080p projector is a... more»
NEC V302H DLP Highly Rated
The new NEC NP-V302H is a rock-solid 1080p projector for conference rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Sporting a maximum output of ... more»
InFocus IN119HDx DLP
The InFocus IN119HDx is a new low-cost 1080p projector for business and education. With a compact design, bright picture, and long esti... more»
Optoma HD37 DLP Highly Rated
At $999 street, the Optoma HD37 is a step up in price from the least expensive 1080p competition. It offers some conveniences, most not... more»
Acer H6517ST DLP Highly Rated
This tiny 1080p projector boasts 3,000 lumens, so you can use it in rooms with windows and ambient light. Its defining feature, though,... more»
LG PF1500 DLP Highly Rated
Last year LG set a benchmark by putting out a first of its kind 1080p LED lit projector at a reasonable price with the full backing of ... more»
Optoma HD50 DLP Highly Rated
With the new Optoma HD50 home theater projector, Optoma continues a trend of delivering low-cost, high quality projectors to consumers.... more»
BenQ HC1200 DLP Highly Rated
The HC1200 is a novel concept: it's a reference-grade 1080p conference room projector. Instead of maximizing light output at the expens... more»

Definitions of Commonly Used Projection Technology Terms
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Contrast Ratio:
The ratio between white and black. The larger the contrast ratio the greater the ability of a video device to show subtle color details and tolerate ambient room light. There are two industry methods used: 1) Full On/Off contrast measures the ratio of the light output of an all white image (full on) and the light output of an all black (full off) image. 2) ANSI contrast is measured with a pattern of 16 alternating black and white rectangles. The average light output from the white rectangles is divided by the average light output of the black rectangles to determine the ANSI contrast ratio. When comparing the contrast ratio of video devices make sure you are comparing the same type of contrast. Full On/Off contrast will always be a larger number than ANSI contrast for the same video device.

Gamma Correction:
Adjustment to gamma or how gray levels between black and white are displayed as the eye is sensitive to these in a logarithmic manner. For example, good gamma correction allows subtle shadow detail in a dark image to be easily perceived.

Interpixel Gap:
The non-picture area between pixels in a fixed-pixel display. Commonly called screen door effect when noticeable. Also relates to fill rate, a measurement that describes this characteristic. For example, a D-ILA projection system has a fill rate of 93%, which indicates a smooth image and has a small interpixel gap.

Black Level:
The darkest part of a picture. This can vary between display devices and viewing environments. NTSC black is set at 7.5 IRE, which is very slightly gray. The white level divided by the black level gives a contrast ratio for a particular display device.
Current 1080p Models
(sorted by popularity)
1.  BenQ W1070
2.  Sony VPL-HW40ES
3.  BenQ HT4050
4.  BenQ HT3050
5.  Optoma HD26
6.  Optoma HD28DSE
7.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2040
8.  Optoma HD141X
9.  Panasonic PT-AE8000
10.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UB
11.  BenQ HT1075
12.  LG PF1500
13.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500
14.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000
15.  Optoma GT1080
16.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
17.  Acer H6510BD
18.  Epson Home Cinema 8350
19.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3000
20.  BenQ W1080ST
21.  Optoma HD37
22.  Vivitek H1186-WT
23.  Optoma HD50
24.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
25.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 6030UB
26.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS9600e
27.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-B
28.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045
29.  Optoma HD25-LV
30.  BenQ HT2050
31.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2000
32.  Acer H6517ST
33.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600
34.  Sony VPL-HW65ES
35.  Panasonic PT-AR100U
36.  BenQ TH670
37.  Optoma HD91
38.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB
39.  BenQ W7500
40.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
41.  Optoma HD161X
42.  Panasonic PT-AE7000
43.  Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 4030
44.  Sony VPL-HW55ES-W
45.  Panasonic PT-AT6000E
46.  Epson Europe EH-TW7200
47.  Optoma HD151X
48.  ViewSonic Pro8200
49.  LG PF85U
50.  ViewSonic Pro9000
51.  Epson Europe EH-TW5100
52.  Optoma HD131Xw
53.  Epson Europe EH-TW6600W
54.  Acer H7550ST
55.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3600e
56.  Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8345
57.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200
58.  Optoma HD91+
59.  Optoma HD90
60.  Vivitek H1188
61.  Optoma HD25-LV-WHD
62.  Optoma HD30
63.  Acer H7550STz
65.  Epson Europe EH-TW9200W
66.  JVC DLA-X500RBE
67.  Optoma HD161X-WHD
68.  Panasonic PT-AT5000E
69.  Panasonic PT-AH1000E
70.  JVC DLA-X500RWE
71.  SIM2 Crystal Cube
72.  Optoma HD30B
73.  Optoma HD50-WHD
74.  JVC DLA-X900RBE
75.  SIM2 Nero 3 LED